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Beehive Puzzle

This Beehive Puzzle challenges you to assemble the nine pieces to make a beehive shape. No squares of the same color touch each other. Pieces may be rotated, but not overlapped or flipped.

beehive puzzle

This puzzle is from The Big, Big, Big Book of Brainteasers.

This book (one of my fave puzzle books!) is out of print and only available as a used book on Amazon, but you can still access quite a few of the puzzles for free, though.

beehive puzzle

Amazon’s Look Inside Feature lets you look at quite a few of the puzzles in The Big, Big, Big Book of Brainteasers for free. Just keep clicking “Surprise Me!” on the left pane to see a different page of puzzles. 

amazon look inside page for the big, big, big book of brainteasers by the grabarchuk family.

I originally typed up this beehive puzzle several years ago, but I ran into a problem when I printed the puzzle pieces on white cardstock. It was too hard to see which square of the beehive still needed to be covered.

To fix this, I finally got around to re-printing the puzzle pieces on yellow cardstock. I laminated them for durability.


drawing of laminator machine with text "laminating recommendations"

A laminator is a MUST-HAVE for me as a math teacher! I spent my first six years as a teacher at a school with a broken laminator, so I had to find a way to laminate things myself.

I’ve had several laminators over the years. I currently use a Scotch laminator at home and a Swingline laminator at school.

I highly recommend splurging a bit on the actual laminator and buying the cheapest laminating pouches you can find!

It definitely works better if you print the game board on white paper and the pieces on colored paper. I guess you could print them on two separate colors of paper, as well.

The gameboard is printed on 11 x 17 cardstock. If you don’t have the ability to print on this size of paper, I have also uploaded a letter-sized version.

Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not make answers to the printable math puzzles I share on my blog available online because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are non-google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.

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